Hi everyone, just thought would let you know how things have been for us from leaving UK to being in Adelaide.
Firstly nothing prepared me for the farewells in the UK. We had a leaving party 5 days before flying for friends then went out with family 2 days before and it was awful saying goodbye..I felt like i was ripping my family apart, and then on the day, having to watch Tom 21 and Lewis 18 say goodbye to their girlfriends of 4 and 2 years was the worst feeling as a mother i have had..watching your sons cry is not good and not something I want to go through again! The taxi ride to Heathrow was the quietest journey ever and as much as i wanted to get excited, I couldnt, I just felt rubbish.
The flight was good with Singapore Airlines and we arrived in Adelaide on the 2nd Sept on a glorious sunny morning, of which i was soo grateful as i feel that had it been cold and damp the boys would have just wanted to get on the next flight.
Our friends met us and took us to our rental, which was nice, but not ours, i had always owned in the UK and it felt weird. We unpacked 11 suitcases and slowly struggled to put one foot in front of the other. Anyways we managed to stay awake until 7pm at which point we all fell into bed exhausted, physically and mentally.
2a.m me and Simon were wide awake and to be honest,gutted that we were laying in Adelaide and not Bedford..we wondered what we had done, taking the boys from their girlfriends and leaving our parents and siblings..we both cried..decided we had made a massive mistake and we needed to go home asap so that Marcus who is 16 could continue with his final years of GCSE and we would tell the shipping company to redirect our stuff straight back to the uk. we laid awake all night talking and all the time i was thinking we at least had someone to cuddle, the boys had no one, i felt horrrendous.
Next morning when the boys got up i asked them how they slept and how they felt and they all said fine..the new neighbour called round and after id finished sobbing on her shoulder (think she was a bit shocked) she told me to look on the positive side and remember why we had wanted to come to Australia, as did my friend when she called round, to look at the negatives like knowing no one and not knowing the area or having a job as a challenge and a good thing..which i have and its worked!
We have bought a car, Simon has an interview tomorrow and i have applied for 4 jobs. We have driving licences, bank accounts and mobiles. The boys are still spending tooo much time on fb and skype back to the uk and the youngest has racked up a phone bill of over £100, but they wake up with a smile on their faces and im soooo proud of them.Marcus started school on Monday and is settling in okay.
Dont expect it to be a bed of roses, the goodbyes, the 1st 24 hrs were horrible and not something i want to repeat ever, but so far we are loving it, the weather is getting warmer, though the house is bloody freezing and today we enjoyed a scooner at the local whilst looking at to the beach..unbeatable! Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming, from the conductor on the tram to the young girl at the bank!
If any of you guys have teenagers we have 3 boys looking for a social life, if you know of any clubs etc in the seaview/brighton area any tips will be gratefully accepted.
I do see us here for good, im just hoping that this time next year there will still be five of us! Watch this space.